Shoreline & Property Damage and Remediation

Wellers Bay & Consecon Lake Community Meeting

Meeting Date: May 19th   2018  @ 10 a.m.

Location: Masonic Hall, Consecon

Following our August 2017 AGM, we are organizing a meeting to identify issues and concerns of the community relating to last year’s flood damages.

Information summarized from the meeting will be taken to Quinte and Lower Trent Conservation Authorities for discussion and guidance.

To help efficiently cover all our concerns, you may submit your questions or comments in advance to friendsofwellersbay@gmail.com

Hoping to see you on the 19th!


August 12, 2017

Hope to see you there!

May 3-5, 2017

STATUS: The flooding is a symptom of unusually high water levels this spring in Lake Ontario, said Nancy Gaffney, a waterfront specialist with the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority. Lake Ontario is 31 centimetres above average, she said, the highest since the mid-1980s. Gaffney attributes it to lots of rain and measures by the International Joint Commission, a Canada-U.S. organization that regulates the Great Lakes, to maintain even water levels. Forecasts show a lot more rain coming in the next few weeks, she said, which could raise Lake Ontario by another 30 centimetres, or 12 inches. If the predictions come true, some of the lower parkland along the lake will have to be closed as a safety issue, she said.

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Flooded roads - Barcovan Beach road  
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Docks under water
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      Erosion from high water & waves                                            Breakwall under water and debris on shore

High Water April 2017

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Dredging March  2017

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November 21, 2016 

Wellers Bay and Microplastic Study

On the 20th August 2016, eXXpedition Great Lakes took on a mission to make the unseen seen by leading the world’s largest simultaneous water sampling project for microplasticsThis community-led initiative was open to everyone in the Great Lakes region of America – male and female, adult and child, solo or in groups – and they all took part to stand up for the health of your Lakes. eXXpedition Great Lakes Volunteer Ambassadors took water samples for Adventurers & Scientists for Conservation Global Microplastic Project led by Dr. Abby Barrows at the Marine & Environmental Research Institute in Maine.  

 Wellers Bay was represented in this scientific initiative, and the result was received in November 2016.  Residents who live on Wellers Bay will be pleased to learn that the single water sample from Wellers Bay did not contain any Microplastics.    Microplastics and their impact on the aquatic life is a new area of concern.  A recent article in the National Post recently reported:

 “Studies on the effects on freshwater fish are still in their early stages, but experts agree microplastics (and microfibers in particular) will be the next big issue to threaten water quality and wildlife.  http://news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/microfibers-emerging-as-new-environmental-threat-as-canada-moves-toward-banning-microbeads     

For more information on eXXpedition and why they are conducting experiments sampling plastics, please visit this web site.   http://exxpedition.com/exxperiments/

An excellent video on the impact of plastics can be found on this CNN site.


In the beginning...

In the 1878 Northumberland Atlas, a map of the yet un-named Barcovan can be found. There is a channel, labelled with the notation “sandbar”, and an island, a precursor to the provincially owned beach separating the north part of Wellers Bay from Lake Ontario. To fully understand the history and development of the area, we are fortunate to have Ann Pumple, still happily residing in the same cottage on the Barcovan channel for 70 years. Ann is a treasure trove of knowledge on the area and is an original founding member of the Friends of Wellers Bay.

Her cottage was owned by her mother-in-law, the original Mrs. Pumple, who bought it from the Sutcliffe Lumber Company.
Imagine, if you will, the land as it would have been at that time, heavily forested with trees well over 100 years old, interspersed with fields, cleared by the original farmers of the area. The geography was very different, and

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the local farmer, Mr. Scott Hutchinson, could drive his cattle onto the north sand bar as the land was solid. A wide, deep channel existed between Lake Ontario and Wellers Bay just north of Bald Head Island. Lake boats steamed into Wellers Bay and all the way to Consecon to load products from the local canning factories. The north beach that we walk today, was a sand bar, underwater for most of the year.

Over the years, everyday wind and wave action coupled with numerous strong storms changed the landscape of the area. Channels such as the channel that that existed on Bald Head Beach were permanently silted in. The main channel became increasingly shallow and narrow. Shorelines were altered. In 1987, local residents found themselves facing the prospect that Wellers Bay would, in the near future, be cut-off from Lake Ontario completely. This would eventually lead to the formation of a large marshy pond, one that would communicate with Lake Ontario only in the early spring, when water would flow into Lake Ontario.
Many residents, along the channel and in Wellers Bay, were experiencing dry wells, and water intake pipes were becoming clogged, as the water levels within the bay continued to fall. Fishing in Wellers Bay was noticeably affected, as fish could no longer enter the bay from the lake.
Ann’s daughter, Angela, (a FWB board member today), was working as a summer student at Glenora MNR, and she served as a link, successfully arranging for two representatives from the district MNR office in Napanee to meet with the concerned citizens.
Ann Pumple hosted this event in her cottage. Some fifty people met on a warm Wednesday evening with the two young MNR representatives. Ann recalls that she felt sorry for these two, bombarded as they were with numerous questions, and a heated discourse, well beyond their scope. From this initial gathering and bolstered by a petition with over 300 signatures, a formal entity, called Wellers Bay Channel Association, was formed. The inaugural meeting was held on

Monday, August 17th, 1987. The original executive was:
Susan Scarborough, Co-Chair Paul Harrison, Treasurer Ann Pumple, Secretary Gayle Frost and Members, Gabe Vanderloop, Ernie Semple, Les McSpadden and Bernie Bernard.

The Friends of Wellers Bay is forever indebted to the executive and the many members of the founding association who undertook the task of improving the quality of Wellers Bay, with an eye to the generations of the future. 

         Susan Scarborough - Founding member       
                                                           Susan Scarborough                                           MPP Catherine Stewart at Official Opening at Camp Barcovan.

The State of the Bay Committee of Wellers Bay created a one page document with tips on How to Cottage More Lightly.  Please read, print, post and send it along to all who spend time on the water.  Thank You!

 to Cottage More Lightly 

Watch your products! 

Don’t use soap in the lake. Biodegradable soap only breaks down on land, not in the water.   

Zinc and titanium sunscreen never biodegrade, and can have an adverse effect on water quality. Use eco-friendly sunscreens.

Microbeads can be found in some toothpastes, facial scrubs, bathroom cleaners, and hand soaps. Microbeads are non-biodegradable. They absorb toxins and are then consumed by fish. Check online for a list of products containing microbeads. Information on the effects of microbeads on septic systems can be found here:  http://www.pumper.com/editorial/2015/09/tiny_terrorists_in_your_septic_system


Maintain your septic system! 

Leaky, rusting and older septic tanks and lines are one of the greatest sources of water pollution in cottage areas.  Check your septic system regularly, and have your system pumped every three years. 


Keep herbicides and fertilizers out of the Bay!

Herbicides and fertilizers contribute to water pollution and algal blooms, which deplete oxygen for fish.  Allow the shoreline to return to natural vegetation and don’t use fertilizers. 


Bay-friendly boating! 

Operate your boats and jet skis responsibly. Proceed slowly in shallow areas, including the channel. Stirring up sediment affects the natural life cycle of plants and animals. Boat wakes erode shorelines. 

Maintain your boat and motor. See http://boat.wa.gov/GreenBoating.asp for tips on green boating. 



Tell your family, guests, and renters what is acceptable on our environmentally sensitive Bay. 

Post these tips prominently in a highly visible place in your cottage. 


Introduction of Speakers, Lloyd Jones re Young Cove Development, Terry Murphy Quinte Conservation re. Water, permits & shorelines, Tim Colasante re. Report on 2017 dredging.

After the meeting, BBQ mix & Mingle




Be sure to mark your calendars and plan to attend our Annual General Meeting at the Masonic hall in Consecon on Saturday, August 6th at 9.30 AM with a BBQ after at a mix and mingle.
Our guest speakers will be Lloyd Jones who will discuss the Young Cove development, after which Terry Murphy of Quinte Conservation will discuss shoreline work.  We will also report on the State of the Bay as well as future dredging.
Be sure to invite your neighbours to attend, we are sure they would be interested to hear of our organization.
A 50/50 draw will be for a great print of the Bay.    Membership forms will also be available.

September 2015

If you happen to spot a line of floating buoys, near a small flag and wonder, "What's Up?"  It's an MNR fish assessment.    This will be the first time they have netted Wellers since 2008, so it should be interesting to see if there are any changes to the fish community.  This effort is part of a program that compares the various embayments across the lake, from Cornwall to Hamilton Harbour.  MNR uses a standardized protocol so that they can compare the relative health of the various nearshore fish populations in the lake. Once FWB has data we will share in our newsletter. 

Great imaginative entries at our Float Your Boat Night.  Ist prize went to Kevin Vardy and Leah Dunn for their Duck Dynastry entry! See our Facebook for more pictures!

2015 Dates:
Saturday June 13    :  Beach clean-up depart from Northshore RV Park at 10.00 AM.  Arrive at 9.30 AM if you wish to                          
                                 ferry across.
Saturday July 18     :  Float your Boat Night  Dusk event, prizes for best decorated lighted boat.
Saturday Aug 8       :  Annual General Meeting and BBQ 9.30 AM at North Shore RV park.  BBQ after meeting.

This is a utube video of the Ida Walker that was forwarded to Randy Saylor:

OF Great interest, the wreck that can be seen on a calm day, just off the point of the channel.
A picture taken in 2009 is shared on our Facebook page, showing the outline of the vessel.

   Ida Walker (Schooner), aground, 18 Nov 1886

Read the Story here:




Future of Dredging
The City of Quinte West now owns the point of land from which we dredge and on which we store the sand for removal. The Friends of Wellers Bay hires the contractors to do the work, supervises and pays the bills from our grants from Quinte West and Prince Edward County and through our membership funds.

At the AGM in August, we will focus mainly on the State of Bay exercise and Action Plan.  We need to hear your ideas and concerns so please plan to attend as this affects you.  We will also have a representative from the French Planning Service to give us an idea how other associations have sought funding.

To date, we have not received the final results of the draft Management Plan for Wellers Bay which was published last fall to which we expressed our concerns.


Third Place went to John Bailey(above)
Second place went to Kevin Vardy & Leah Dunn (below)
First place went to Jerry and Lori Sprenkel!
Thank you Lori Sprenkels & Lucie Robichard for the Photos.

RAIN DATE: July 26th
Location: Participating Boats will be asked to congregate at Youngs Cove, Wellers Bay
TIME: 7pm with boat parade starting at 8pm

Draft Plan of Baldhead Beach

posted Jul 31, 2014, 3:18 PM by The Friends   [ updated Jul 31, 2014, 3:22 PM ]

The draft of the Baldhead Beach Management Plan has been posted.

This went up 10 days ago . 
We have until September 9 to respond - that means all of the public has until September 9th to respond.  

The best thing will be for the public to ask questions, post concerns, make comments.  

Here is how the public can get involved by phone, email, letter

Environment Canada – Ontario Region
Canadian Wildlife Service
Protected Areas and Stewardship
4905 Dufferin Street
Toronto, ON
M3H 5T4
Toll Free: 1-800-668-6767 (in Canada only)
Email: enviroinfo@ec.gc.ca


posted Jul 22, 2014, 1:32 PM by The Friends

Saturday, August 9, 9:30 am at the Masonic Hall in Consecon.  BBQ to follow the meeting.

Guest Speaker:  Mr. Colin Lake, Lead Planning Biologist, MNR at the Glenora Fisheries Station.  Colin will speak on the Lake Ontario Management Unit, its fisheries and changes that have occurred through time. Also he will speak about the embayments along Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence and will highlight Wellers Bay, and compare it to the other areas of the lake.  Learn about the fish stocking program and the rare or endangered species that have been identified in this bay. He is happy to answer your questions.

More information for you!!

posted Jul 9, 2014, 5:48 AM by The Friends

Environment Canada - Canadian Wildlife Service - has drafted a new management plan for Wellers Bay National Wildlife Area. This draft has been sent to Friends of Wellers Bay.  This is the Baldhead Beach sand bar located on the south bay of Wellers Bay.  

If you would like to receive an electronic copy of this draft management plan please send us an email at friendsofwellersbay@gmail.com and we will send this to you.  If you would like to send us comments, please feel free to do this.

We will discuss this plan at the FWB Annual AGM to be held this year at the Consecon Masonic Hall on Saturday, August 9, at 9:30 am.   

Please note that this draft will be posted on a government website later this summer for a 60 day period during which time the public may make comments.  We will keep you posted on developments.

Just for interest sake!

posted Sep 17, 2013, 3:00 PM by The Friends

Thought we would post this info and link for interested parties.
There is a bill in the Ontario Legislature that has passed first reading and is now in committee.  This is the Right to Passage bill that will allow the public to walk in front of private property on the Great Lakes as long as the access is limited to the land below the high water mark.  You can view this bill at the link below.

Recent articles on UXO

posted Aug 14, 2013, 10:30 AM by The Friends   [ updated Aug 14, 2013, 10:35 AM ]

Recent articles in the Quinte News web site referred to an article in the Toronto Star, here are the links for you to read.  Be sure to click on the link to the Toronto Star article.  MP Daryl Kramp is firmly in our corner.

AGM 2013

posted Aug 12, 2013, 11:51 AM by The Friends   [ updated Aug 14, 2013, 10:26 AM ]

Daryl Kramp MP made an impromptu appearance to speak briefly on Bald Head issue.  Bud Ivey, Health inspector for Quinte area gave an informative talk on septic systems which was received with much interest for cottage and home owners on the rural septic system.  The Dinkels/Paulos gift certificate was won by Deryck Widdecombe and Karen Saylor Rae donated a pack of post notes of an original painting she had painted.  Thanks go to Jan and Jannie Maat who hosted this year's meeting at North Shore RV Park.  A BBQ ended the day, thanks to chef Jeff Mouck.


Friends of Wellers Bay Fishing Derby

posted Jul 11, 2013, 6:18 PM by The Friends

Saturday July 20th is our Annual Fishing Derby
Weigh in station is at North Shore RV Park - last weigh in of the day is at 3pm

The Grand Prize Raffle Draw is for a $500 cash prize donated by Prince Edward Estates. Tickets are $15 and every ticket is eligible to win.

Tickets can be purchased at North Shore Park, Colasante’s RV Park and Marina, Wellers Bay Campground and Barcovan Campground.

Both North Shore and Colasante’s offer free boat launch for derby ticket holders.

Great prizes are awarded for the largest salmon, bass, pickerel/walleye and pike. There are prizes for kids as well.

24th Annual FWB AGM

posted Jul 11, 2013, 6:12 PM by The Friends

The 24th Annual FWB AGM will be held on Saturday August 10th, commencing at 9:30 am at North Shore RV Park Community Hall  - located just off county Rd # 64 1/2 km east of Barcovan Golf Club. 

Open to everyone!   

Our key note speaker this year is:

Mr. Bud Ivey, 

Public Health Inspector CPHI(C)  Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit

We have invited Mr. Ivey to speak to our members on the proper care and maintenance of septic systems.  No doubt you have heard that there are new regulations.  Many waterfront residents are concerned about septic run off.  

Come prepared to learn more about the topic no one wants to discuss. Bring your questions!

BBQ after the meeting for all attendees.

Beach Clean-up

posted Jun 5, 2013, 4:30 AM by The Friends

Come and join us in our clean up of the beach.  Meet at North Shore RV Park at 9am and we will head to the beach and clean up for the summer ahead!  All help is welcome so come on out!
Thanks in advance for your support!

Friends of Wellers Bay Fishing Derby 2013

posted Jun 5, 2013, 4:27 AM by The Friends

Come on out and Fish the day away in this years Friends of Wellers Bay Fishing Derby! Saturday July 20, 2013.  Weigh in station at North Shore RV Park.  Tickets available soon. Watch for details!

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